Now that the Chicago Bulls 2013-14 season is finally over, it’s easy to look back on the right and the wrong moves the organization made throughout the year. But one of the smartest moves made was Derrick Rose‘s decision to get season-ending surgery in order to fully repair his torn meniscus in his right knee.
When Rose tore his meniscus on Nov. 22 against the Portland Trail Blazers, it was believed by many that he could return from the injury in less than two months. After all, players such as Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverly suffered a meniscus tear and didn’t have to miss an entire season following the injury. But having torn his ACL in his left knee the previous year, Rose was cautious enough to make sure his right knee was fully healed as well.
What followed was an array of criticism from sports analysts that felt Rose unnecessarily sat out another season. But even with a healthy Rose, the Bulls more than likely weren’t equipped to compete for a championship this year.
Coming into the 2013-14 season, the Bulls were a bit over the salary cap and did not have much room to add many additional players on their roster. They even let backup point guard Nate Robinson go to the Denver Nuggets despite his heroics in the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Many felt that Carlos Boozer would be amnestied before the season began, but the team felt it was necessary to hang on to him for one more year. All-in-all, the Bulls just didn’t have any depth.
However, sitting out a second season allowed Rose to fully repair his right knee without the possibility of tearing his meniscus again. He also has two full years of rest which has allowed him to bulk up and work on his jump shot. Rose could also be coming back to a team that includes Carmelo Anthony combined with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Joakim Noah.
The Bulls roster, as a whole, expects to be much-improved regardless if they manage to sign Anthony this summer. If Rose can stay healthy–along with Noah, Taj Gibson, and the emerging Jimmy Butler—the Bulls can do some serious damage in the league next season.